It might be time to give morning journaling a try.
Starting the day with a relaxing ritual like morning journaling can help you start your day with a clear head, and feel more motivated and prepared to take on the day's challenges.
What is morning journaling?
Just like it sounds, morning journaling is the practice of writing in a journal every morning before you start your day.
It doesn't have to be anything special or fancy. Your journal is a private place for you to come as you are, and write whatever you're feeling.
This is why journaling is a great way to process your thoughts. When we write things down, we are forced to articulate what we're feeling - no matter how confusing - in an organized way.
This can give you a new perspective on anything that has been troubling you, and help clear your head.
Another reason to try morning journaling?
All the best writers do it.
A famous book by Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way, recommends "morning pages" as a daily practice for creatives.
Morning pages are 3 full pages of hand-written, stream of consciousness thoughts written as soon as you wake up.
This practice caught on with creatives all over the world. It has been said to boost creativity, shed negativity, and clarify goals.
For the fullest effect, make morning journaling a ritual.
Maybe you want to sit down with a cup of coffee or your breakfast, and write at your kitchen table.
Or maybe you want to write while cozy in bed before you get up.
Whatever you choose, consistency is key. Writing in the same place, at the same time every day can help solidify morning journaling as part of your daily routine.
The usual thought is that it takes 21 days to develop a habit that sticks.
A journaling app like Jour can help you stay accountable. Jour sends you daily reminders to write in your journal, and provides personalized prompts so you never run out of ideas about what to write.
To support you in your first month of morning journaling, we have 30 prompts ready for you to use each morning. Use them to guide your thoughts and let your ideas flow!
We hope this article has helped you understand the amazing benefits of morning journaling. It's a great way to start off the day: by checking in with yourself, you become more self aware, and by writing out your thoughts, you can work through anything that's weighing on your mind. Making it a daily habit can improve your mood, help you feel more connected to your goals, and maybe — just maybe — even become a morning person.
If you're ever looking for a little more inspiration, the Jour app is always here for you with tons of personalized journal prompts and resources to help you with whatever you're going through.